January 7, 2012

Iginla scores goal number 500.

Jarome Iginla, the first black captain of an NHL hockey team, has scored his 500th career goal during a game against the Minnesota Wild.
posted by Fister Roboto at 11:22 PM PST - 18 comments

It, by Rich Aucoin

It Nova Scotian Rich Aucoin's video for "It" directed by Noah Pink. SLYT worth clicking on. You may recognize a few scenes.
posted by Ironmouth at 10:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Some Cool Pens

Just some really awesome pens.
posted by SpacemanStix at 10:32 PM PST - 57 comments

Mamma mia! -- Etna erupts again

Almost nine minutes of video of Etna volcano erupting this week in Italy, including a pyroclastic flow. [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer at 9:36 PM PST - 24 comments

Tommy Ardolino, NRBQ drummer, RIP

If you ever caught NRBQ live, you were most likely treated to some raucous, pounding and undeniably joyful roadhouse revelry that made you wanna drink another beer (at least) and bask in the divine glory of Rock. And. Roll. But it is with a sad heart that I relay the news to you today that the hard-hitting, deeply grooving powerhouse behind the drums, the man who drove America's Best Bar Band to ever more delirious heights of cathartic oneness with the Universe, has left us. RIP, Tommy Ardolino. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:19 PM PST - 27 comments

Vintage Dog Training and Performance: Jay Sisler

Positive reinforcement dog training existed in the States in the 1950s. Sisler's dogs were trained to amazingly high performance standards using hand signals and body language with just... petting, praise and pancakes? Aussies, maybe, but greyhounds, really? [more inside]
posted by vers at 7:56 PM PST - 22 comments

WALK

WALK .. is a trippy 1983 journey from one part of Minneapolis to another. It begins with a guy who can hardly move. He slowly gains stuttered motion and utters basic letter sounds, then begins a real and imaginary walk. His journey is from his view - floating. At the end of this walk, he meets a friend. Walk's film surface is hand worked and street noise is composed as music-concrete. 16mm B/W SLYT
posted by louche mustachio at 7:39 PM PST - 13 comments

A new way of accounting for ecological costs?

Social Credit is a movement that takes a different view of economic expansion. Mostly it focuses on how value is created and what happens to the excess value. Proponents can be very aggressive or very mellow but a key part of their philosophy is that we must recognize the value we've inherited from the past. In other words, we don't start our lives with an empty ledger but have inherited many physical and intellectual gifts from previous generations. Recently I began wondering whether we shouldn't look at the other side of the ledger, particularly when it comes to ecological impacts - i.e., the messes we inherit. It turns out that in the early 90s, some social credit economists were writing about this and were even talking about climate change as something that needed to be added to the equation. Is this an idea whose time has finally come?
posted by BillW at 7:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Joey Quits

"The current economic climate has made it easier than ever for management to exploit employees. Fearful of losing their jobs and facing unemployment, insecure workers often submit to working conditions they otherwise would not tolerate." "The only way to improve working conditions is to organize ourselves to share information and demand respect. The “Joey Quits” video has deterred the Providence Renaissance managers from disrespecting Renaissance workers. We’ve created this site as a way to help other hotel workers share their stories and, by doing so, make change in their unjust workplaces as well." [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 7:22 PM PST - 8 comments

The Vatican did not endorse this post

Last night, I attended a screening of 'The Devil Inside.' A screening that involved a DJ. It was a mostly miserable experience. That is, until the audience, whose members had received free tickets, started openly booing the movie after it ended. That part was fascinating - An Obsessive Chat About Last Night's 'The Devil Inside' Screening Between Mike Ryan and IFC's Matt Singer
posted by Artw at 6:48 PM PST - 64 comments

“All the weaker people have left. Now I’m the weakest one left.”

US Army Pvt. Danny Chen, 1992–2011
posted by zarq at 3:59 PM PST - 105 comments

There is fun to be done!

Oh, The Places You'll Go At Burning Man! (NSFW: Lots of dusty desert nudity, as might be expected. Indeed, "you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.")
posted by kaibutsu at 3:36 PM PST - 107 comments

New, deadlier form of TB hits India

Tuberculosis, which kills around 1,000 people a day in India, has acquired a deadlier edge. Forty years ago, the world thought it had conquered TB. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:45 PM PST - 34 comments

RIP Shrek the Sheep (1994-2011)

Shrek the sheep taught us all that if you really, really don't want to do something, you don't have to.
RIP Shrek the Sheep (1994-2011) [more inside]
posted by juliplease at 2:15 PM PST - 43 comments

DIY mineral water

How to clone mineral water. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 1:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Charles Dickens’s Inner Child

‘Whatever you do—hang on to your childhood!’ He was true to this in his fashion, both in ways that delight me and in ways that do not. He loved the idea of a birthday celebration, being lavish about it, reminding people that they were once unborn and are now launched. This is bighearted, and we might all do a bit more of it. It would help me to forgive, perhaps just a little, the man who helped generate the Hallmark birthday industry and who, with some of his less imposing and more moistly sentimental prose scenes in A Christmas Carol, took the Greatest Birthday Ever Told and helped make it into the near Ramadan of protracted obligatory celebration now darkening our Decembers. - Christopher Hitchens writes about Charles Dickens in his last Vanity Fair column
posted by beisny at 12:37 PM PST - 8 comments

An Arrow in the Androgyne

Emerging surrealist artist Margo Selski, known for her Modern Subcultures-and-Flemish fusion inspired theatrical portraiture, has opened a new exhibit that prominently features and celebrates her shy 12-year old son Theo, who attended the opening gala in a beautiful red velvet gown, pearls, and black lace opera gloves. [more inside]
posted by Chipmazing at 11:54 AM PST - 21 comments

Time has not been kind, madam.

A story about "That One Time When Patton Oswalt was an Asshole" and Oswalt's response.
posted by eugenen at 11:14 AM PST - 197 comments

Best single-volume histories of WWII

Best single-volume histories of WWII, a survey by Edward Kosner [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 9:50 AM PST - 47 comments

Queen vs. The Beatles -- Fat Bottomed Girls Come Together

Queen vs. The Beatles - Fat Bottomed Girls Come Together
posted by jason's_planet at 9:26 AM PST - 42 comments

Reality of India

This is a story of a young man named Chotu Lohar* from a small nondescript village in one of the poorest states of India. He dropped out of school to work in the iron mines. Music on a radio was the only entertainment available in his house but last year he came to national notice on a reality show called Dance India Dance - where although his untutored enthusiasm and energy captured attention - he was unable to make the cut. His passion, on the other hand, caught the interest** of the show's producers who took him under their wing and a year later, he's just made the shortlist for this year's show. [more inside]
posted by infini at 9:24 AM PST - 7 comments

A Not-Sober Lullaby

Ron Minis' Not-Sober Lullaby. (SLYT)
posted by flibbertigibbet at 8:52 AM PST - 8 comments

My Word

The Corpus of American Historical English is a searchable index of word usage in American printed material from 1810 to 2009. Powerful complex searches allow you to trace the appearance and evolution of words and phrases and even specific grammatical constructions, see trends in frequency, and plenty more. Start with the 5-Minute Tour.
posted by Miko at 8:40 AM PST - 23 comments

I can't use these things together

Top 100 all time adventure games list. Suspense killing, spoiler laden Full List (nb: links in full list do not go back to the reviews in the list).
posted by Sparx at 8:16 AM PST - 66 comments

Makes me want to break out the Vicks.

Singing Prodigy Viva Vox do a selection of tunes by the Prodigy, acapella. (YT)
posted by ironjelly at 6:36 AM PST - 16 comments

All Things Must Pass

Live! Record sleeves with those that are no longer with us edited out. SLtumblr
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:07 AM PST - 46 comments

Auld Reekie

Sensory Maps is an attempt by Kate Mclean to chart the Taste, Views and Touch of Edinburgh. More details in this post on Edible Geography.
In the Victorian era, Edinburgh earned the nickname “Auld Reekie,”for its smog. Now, according to McClean’s map, it “emits a plethora of scents and smells; some particular to Edinburgh, some ubiquitous city aromas.” Among the latter are fish and chip shops and vomit, while the peculiar smell of the Macfarlan Smith opiate factory, the fishy pong of the penguin enclosure at the zoo, and the ammoniac stench of the boys’ toilets at South Morningside primary school are more city-specific, as is the way that the prevailing south-westerly winds distribute these smell combinations.
Also related, the Sheffield Smellwalk.
posted by vacapinta at 3:39 AM PST - 9 comments